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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Pyralina Skipper
Gorgythion begga  PRITTWITZ, 1868
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
tribe - ERYNNINI
Gorgythion begga pyralina, Catarata Bayoz, La Merced, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The Pyrginae, popularly known as Flats or Spreadwings, are a cosmopolitan subfamily distributed across temperate and tropical habitats throughout the world. In the Americas there are 990 species.
The genus Gorgythion contains 6 species, found variously from southern USA to Bolivia.
Gorgythion begga is distributed from Texas to Bolivia.
Habitats
This is a lowland - mid elevation species, found at altitudes between sea level and about 1200m. It occurs in a wide variety of disturbed habitats including forest clearings, roadsides, riverbanks and scrub.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Gorgythion begga pyralina, Rio Pindayo, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Adult behaviour

Males of this species are typically encountered when mud-puddling in the company of Cycloglypha, Ebrietas, Achlyodes and other dark spreadwing skippers, on river sandbanks, forest paths and on burnt ground at the site of campfires. They can also be seen perching on bushes or saplings, often basking on projecting sprigs of foliage.

 

 

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